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Military base near White House lifts lockdown – potential armed suspect detained

Sign at the entrance to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, a 1018 acre military installation, located in Southeast Washington, D.C. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Jim Remington)
August 13, 2021

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. lifted its lockdown after more than two hours Friday afternoon after law enforcement took an individual into custody that was believed to be armed.

“INCIDENT UPDATE: ALL CLEAR | Authorities have responded to the scene, and the threat of an armed individual on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling has been cleared. The individual was detained and will be transferred to Metropolitan Police Department custody. First responders are still assessing the situation,” the base posted at 3:02 p.m. ET.

Local ABC7 reporter Tom Roussey said that DC Police were investigating a report of shots fired across from the base and the suspect is believed to have fled onto the base.

The base had first posted on social media at 12:37 p.m. ET saying, “LOCKDOWN LOCKDOWN LOCKDOWN | There is a potential armed individual on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, the last known location was on the South side near Blanchard Barracks. If you encounter the individual and have a safe route, RUN. If you do not have a safe route to run, HIDE. Barricade your door, turn off the lights and your cell phone ringer, and remain silent. If you are hiding, prepare to FIGHT.”

The base advised that the individual suspected of being armed was a “black male with a medium build carrying a Gucci Bag.”

An update at 1:34 p.m. ET advised to be on the lookout for two individuals.

“Be on the lockout for *ONE* individual on base. Continue to shelter in place. The individual in question is a black male, medium build with dreads that are mid-back in length. He is wearing blue or green pants and a white tank top (possibly with a bag). Do not go looking for the individual. If you see this person, please call JBAB Security Forces at 202-767-5000. Continue to lockdown,” the base said.

Roussey had posted a video to Twitter in which the base’s lockdown announcement can be heard beyond the perimeter walls.

A DC Police helicopter was spotted on flight radar circling the Naval Research Lab on base.

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling is a more than 1,000-acre military installation bordering the Potomac River located approximately six miles from the White House.